[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Moj News Agency

[Date:] 13 Dey 1397 [3 January 2019]

 

Ali Motahari’s Speech at the Legislative Conference in the Islamic Republic

The vice president of the Islamic Consultative Assembly said, “The law on starring students is not a matter approved by the Assembly and we should be accountable for it, even though we are unaware of it.”

According to Moj News, today, Ali Motahari, at the Legislative Conference on the Islamic Republic at Mofid University of Qom, examining the role of the late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani in the Expediency Discernment Council and the Islamic Consultative Assembly, and referring to some laws that were approved during his tenure, stated, “In the constitution, the only legislative body is the Islamic Consultative Assembly, but in practice, Councils were established with [legislative powers] too.”

He referred to the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution as “an institution created for macro-policies” and claimed, “This Council has legislative [powers], despite its not being enshrined in the constitution. The Council makes decisions for which the [Islamic Consultative Assembly] must be accountable; for example, the law on starring students and forbidding them from being admitted to graduate courses, or the law forbidding Baha’is from studying, regardless of whether it is right or wrong, was passed by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, not the [Islamic Consultative Assembly], and we must be held accountable, even though we are unaware of it.”